Rating: The clear smoke that runs through this filling has completely surprised me. It's been a long time, but I do not remember that from the 10 proof. Although a little different than expected, but certainly a standard, which I had not for the last time in the glass. I have a good 86 points today.
On Annieb there is surprisingly much peat smoke in the nose. Not of the kind Islay, but more like the smoke from shallow wood smoldering to very slow smoking. Almost greasy and accompanied by the smell of an old leather flap. At the same time, the association of a bone-dry, almost dusty hayloft shoots through my head. A pleasant, orange-dominated Sherrynote sets a fresh, almost juicy counterpoint. The longer I smell, the more tea crumbs of a coarse East Frisian mixture and, finally, a hint of vanilla come through. A really beautiful, varied nose that makes you want to taste it.
Relatively clear, fresh and with a good intensity the drop hits the tongue. First, there is a good portion of orange, malt and bone-dry straw. The peat smoke is not long in coming and clench clenched pepper and ginger spicy-sharp in the anterior third of the tongue. In a nice way, the salivation is stimulated and peu a peu oranges and a mix of bright, unspecified fruits to advantage. In the transition to the finish, the oak takes over the command very confidently and with little effect. Tear tree juice flows through the mouth and provides a beautiful woody background.
The finish is medium in length and a consistent continuation of the taste. Subtle peat smoke, Organgenschalen and dry straw sound together with the delicious, juicy oak pleasantly warming. Deep inside, dark chocolate still leaves its mark on the foot before it becomes increasingly dry. At the very end, a slightly grumpy, astringent aftertaste remains in the mouth and again and again the harsh, dry straw is shining through.